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Hello doc,

I recently on febuary 1st engaged in unprotected sexual activity with a girl whom claims to be un infected... However since that experience I have noticed some changes in my body... I am a big person about 240lbs I do not know if this makes a difference on detectable antibodies or not, but I have had three antibody tests 10, 12, and 14 weeks post exposure... So this gave me a sense of relief but I keep reading about the 6 month deal... I also have been a member on med help, I told them my story and in the "expert forum" I contacted a doctor by the name of Edward W. Hook whom said I was perfectly fine and had nothing to worry about... So this made me feel a little better because I have been stressing over this to the point of not eating and not sleeping... They also claim that a group of 300 hiv experts have never seen a 6 week negative antibody test become positive later??? I am no specialist so I am asking what any Doctors here think of this???

As for the mosquito bites headline... I was curious about a mosquito bite I got yesterday because it swelled up tremendously... The mosquito bit me on the left arm and I slapped it pretty hard to kill it... within 5 minutes there was a huge welt (about 1in. in diameter) which then turned into a a puffy welt that was about 3-4 inches in diameter and raised... I was working out at the time, and within an hour or so the swelling went away, and left a hard itchy lump (typical mosquito bite).

1. I was curious to know if that swelling could be an indication of hiv infection, or any viral infection?
2. What could trigger such a drastic response?
3. Do you feel I am in the clear or do you think I need additional testing?
4. Have you ever seen anyone seroconvert after a 3 month negative antibody test?
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replied May 29th, 2009
Thank you in advance...
I am mentally and physically drained at this point...
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replied June 10th, 2009
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You shouldn't worry for HIV infection, since the 6 months window period is extremely rare with modern testing.
Most of the HIV infected people will develop detectable antibodies within a month after a risky behavior.
99% of infected people will be detected within 3 months period, and extremely rare (1%) within 6 months.
Different people react differently, and same person reacts differently each time is bitten by mosquito.
People with AIDs or HIV infection, indeed, tend to have more intensive local and systemic reactions to mosquito bites, including swelling of the whole arm, swelling and welts all over the body, and even fever, and, asthma attack.
According to your description, I don't think you belong to this group of people.


Have a healthy day!
Marija
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replied June 10th, 2009
Marija, Thank you so much for your response it means a lot... I just have been under a lot of stress lately due to my exposure. I went for a 4 month ora quick test about a week ago and it too was negative, however i just have had some strange thing happen to my body...

I just have a lot of anxiety on this as it has drastically changed me... I quit smoking both weed and cigarettes, I eat differently etc... I have never been this freaked out in my life...

Thank you again =)
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replied June 11th, 2009
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You are welcome!
All best to you!
Marija
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replied June 15th, 2009
I recently took a four month ora quick test and it was negative i guess all the worrying has been, a valuble lesson, do you think I should test out to six months???
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replied June 15th, 2009
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You may test again at 6 months, just to be extra sure, though it isn't necessary.
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replied June 15th, 2009
Maybe not neccesary, but recently I have been having some wierd symptoms, like a headache that is localized on the top or center of my head... Also I keep seeing spots in my vision, but only in my left eye sometimes I see more spots than other times. Could this be a sign of seroconversion??? Since the 2 and a half month mark I have been on the computer pretty much non stop and have been couped up in my house freaking out that I am sick. This has been quite a horrible experience I hope and pray everything works out.
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replied June 15th, 2009
I really appreciate your input, it is helping me a lot through this hard time =)
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replied July 20th, 2009
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dude are you still there, please private message me - i think we both can help each other im suffering like
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